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Rider vs. Canisius - 2/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Canisius at Rider
Date & Time Friday February 8, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Alumni Gymnasium
Lawrenceville, New Jersey
The Line
The Line: Rider -8.5 -- Over/Under: 150
TV Channel
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The Canisius Golden Griffins and Rider Broncs meet Friday in college basketball action at the Alumni Gymnasium.

The Canisius Golden Griffins could use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Canisius Golden Griffins are averaging 70.4 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 75.7 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Takal Molson is averaging 16.7 points and two assists while Isaiah Reese is averaging 11.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. Malik Johnson is dishing four assists and Scott Hitchon is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Canisius Golden Griffins are shooting 31.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68 percent from the free throw line. The Canisius Golden Griffins are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.6 rebounds per game. The Canisius Golden Griffins have won five of their last seven road games.

The Rider Broncs also need a win here after splitting their last six games. The Rider Broncs are averaging 76 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 74.5 points on 46 percent shooting. Frederick Scott is averaging 12 points and 5.7 rebounds while Dimencio Vaughn is averaging 11.9 points and 1.3 assists. Stevie Jordan is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Allen is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Rider Broncs are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 62.3 percent from the free throw line. The Rider Broncs are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game. The Rider Broncs have won all seven home games this season.

The Golden Griffins are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, 20-9-1 ATS in their last 30 vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS loss. The Broncs are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The road team is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 6-1-1 in Broncs last 8 home games. The under is 4-0 in Golden Griffins last 4 road games.

The Rider Broncs beat the Canisius Golden Griffins by nine points last month on the road, but there's a long history of these meetings coming down to the wire. Canisius comes into this game shooting a hot percentage from the field, while Rider has been inconsistent and is shooting under 42 percent from the field in its last five games. The Rider Broncs are also just 1-6 ATS at home this season and 6-16 ATS overall. Canisius has covered six of its last seven on the road and has shown it can win on the road outright. I'll take a stab with the free buckets. 

Canisius +8.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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